York Durham Heritage Railway Season Opens Sunday June 3rd 2012
The York Durham Heritage Railway opens their season with a tribute to our Canadian Forces who carry out their duties every day with valour and bravery. They have earned the respect and recognition of Canadians and citizens of other countries around the world for their unwavering dedication and commitment.
YDHR Celebrates Canadian Forces Day - June 3rd, 2012
The York-Durham Heritage Railway will honour our Canadian Forces members, both active troups and cherished veterans, by offering them a free ride on June 3rd.
Built in the late 1800's to transport grain and lumber it was known as the Toronto and Nippissing Railway (T&N). Once completed it ran from Toronto to Coboconk. The rail line went through many ownership changes over the years and eventually ended up as part of the Canadian National Railway system owned by the Government of Canada in 1920. All That remains of the line today is the section from Uxbridge to Toronto as over the years sections of the rail line were taken out of service.
Passenger service which began in 1871 is continued today by GO Transit with trains running from Stouffivle to Toronto. YDHR runs Tourist Trains on weekends during the summer and for special events year round from Uxbridge to Stouffville.
The Uxbridge Station, pictured here with some of the rolling stock, is one of the last 4 remaining T&N stations. The others are located in Unionville, Markham and Coboconk.
The Uxbridge Heritage train has returned to the station and is ready to roll for another season
Some of the York Durham Heritage Railway Rolling Stock includes a heritage coach from the 1950's, a vintage Pullman Coach built in 1919, and a baggage car built in 1957. The three locomotives were all built in the early 50's by Montreal Locomotive works and one by American Locomotive. The equipment is available for movie shoots and has been used in movie productions, music and video shoots as well as magazine spreads.
The Uxbridge Station with its very distinctive "Witches Hat" roof is owned and maintained by the Town of Uxbridge. For more history and information about the line visit The York Durham Heritage Railway web site.